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Published: Friday, Aug. 5 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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San Diego, CA

A good, kind, thoughtful, and most humble man. I had a nice chat with him at Aspen Grove one summers afternoon back in the 80's. I was lifted by his spirit -- and that he just honestly wanted to get to know the "Saints".

Farmington, UT

I loved his sermons and talks.

Global Warner
Provo, UT

The heavens rejoice though our tears flow here on earth. Last week, Chieko died. Now my friend, Duff, who I just visited a few weeks ago. He was chairman of the board of Enterprise Mentors in the Philippines, always leading our meetings with great humor and insight. We were partners on the Ouelessebougou Alliance board for a decade or more of work in Mali. He mentored me, loved me, and supported our poverty-fighting projects around the globe. Duff was so wise, so kind, so humble. Decades ago he pushed for the Church to encourage missionary community service among the poor around the world. His sermons were always uplifting and expressions of joy. He left a legacy of community service through his beloved wife, Maxine, kids, and grandchildren, many of whom Ive enjoyed collaborating with in places like Nigeria, Guatemala, Honduras, and Thailand. Thank you, Duff, for your stories, example, and personal concern for each of us.

Brother Dave
Livermore, CA

When I was younger, I would always remember Brother Hanks giving addresses in
General Conference. He was one of the BEST, I always thought: one that I always looked forward to. This was back when David O. McKay was prophet, Hugh B. Brown, and J. Rueben Clark were counselors.

It's sad to see him leave this world, but in the Next World, I'm sure he will be a gifted speaker and worker there too. He lived a Good Life here in
Earth Life.

God Bless Elder Marion D Hanks!!!

South Jordan, Utah

Is this a recent picture of him.?

Salt Lake City, UT

Duff was one of my fav's..........he will be greatly missed!

Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

I was privileged to take Institute classes from Elder Hanks in the middle 60's, and when my 1st husband and I were married, he performed the ceremony in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a wonderful teacher, and kind and gentle man, filled with the spirit, and ever ready to give service. Thanks so much, Elder Hanks, for being the example and inspiration that you always were. My condolences to his family at this time of temporary separation from him. How blessed we are to know that families can be eternal!

common sense in Idaho
Pocatello, id

Just a brief true story about this great man. Back when I was a missionary in Auckland, New Zealand Elder Hanks came to a zone conference and it was announced by our mission president that Elder Hanks would address us for a few minutes. He stood up, walked to the podium with nothing but his scriptures in hand. He opened up the scriptures and gave the elders and sisters there an experience we would never forget. Four straight hours of teaching about the Savior straight from the standard works. We were enthralled and captivated to say the least. A learning experience from a master teacher. It was one of the highlights of my missionary experience. Age has dimmed my memory somewhat but I will never forget that experience that I had as a young missionary from a devoted disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Honor Code
Denver, Colorado

Had the chance to sit next to Elder Hanks on a flight from New York to Salt Lake City. Great guy!! Condolences to his family, he was one of the better guys!!

South Jordan, UT

Living in Tokyo Prefecturein the mid to late 60's just after the first stake in Tokyo was formed, our seminary teacher called us late one night to tell us a general authority had a layover in Tokyo, and was available to talk to us if we could get up to the mission home. After a long train ride into downtown, Elder Hanks and President Komatsu met us. I will ever remember sitting on the floor of the mission home around Elder Hanks as he spoke to us. Then, in the middle of speaking, he stopped and was quiet for what seemed a long moment. Then, he said to us, "I promise you, in the Name of the Lord, that some day, a Temple to the Lord will stand on this very spot." I don't remember one other thing he said (I was only 13-14). But, when the Tokyo temple was announced years later, I was not suprised at all where it was to be located. Thank you, Elder Hanks, for the time you took out of your busy schedule to create such memories.

Pepperell, MA

He was a great example of a great teacher. Humble, approachable, and personable. He spoke in a simple, easy to understand way that touched your heart and went to your very soul. I've seen him stand in a room and with only the scriptures in hand, ask people to pick a page, then a column, then a verse. Then he would discuss that verse, and though it might be a verse I would have passed over many times without a second glance he was able to teach great lessons from what I and others thought was a ho-hum, non-descript verse. He was an amazing teacher. Thank you, Elder Hanks. Well done.

North Salt Lake, UT

We have lost a good man and speaker. I have enjoyed listening to Elder Hanks growing up and will miss him dearly. To the Hanks family, I hope and pray that the lord will bless you and your family until we see your father and husband again in a better world.


"remarkable capacity for ministering to the one" - I testify he ministered to this one. As a young missionary struggling with the challenges of learning the "rainbow" discussions in the MTC in 1979, he ministered to me. I am grateful to this day. I saved a letter he wrote to me for many, many years.
I have long believed that there is more joy on the other side when loved ones re-unite than there is sadness here on earth when someone leaves this life. And if we could see that joy on the other side, it would ease our sorrow here somewhat. I am happy for him, but also grieve for his family.
He still is a great and spiritual ambassador of Christ, I have missed hearing him speak at General Conferences. I will continue to follow his Christlike example of ministering.

Salt Lake City, UT

The greatest talk I ever heard from him was his general conference talk on forgiveness in the October 73 sessions. Absolutely life changing. I urge all to read it. My brother was under church discipline at the time for a grave error on his part and this talk helped heal wounds of the soul. I too like him want to qualify as a friend of Christ. I know he did.


Another giant oak has fallen. Heaven sings to have another great servant coming home. May we remember this wonderful man and the good life he led and rejoice for the lives that he touched and made better. Sending heartfelt gratitude and sympathy to the Hanks family.

Roy, UT

I remember Elder Hanks as the man who set me apart for my mission to Brazil in March, 1958. It took place in his office at the old Church Administration building which still stands next to the Joseph Smith Building on South Temple.
It would have been just another setting apart by him except for what happened. He laid his hands on my head then began to pray and was praying for several minutes when there was a knock on his door. The person continued to knock, again and again. When it was obvious that they weren't going away he paused and then removed his hands from my head, excused himself and walked to the door. I never saw the person there but it sounded like a woman and I assumed one of the secretaries.
He then apologized to me and laid his hands on my head again. It took about a full minute for him to restart the prayer. I thought he might start over, but he just picked up from where he had left it and continued on. I wish I had a copy of that prayer and blessing.

Orem, UT

He was an example of the Savior and the best way I can honor him is to try my best to follow his example.

Kamas, UT

I went to his office years ago to gather biographical information for a tribute we offered him as he stepped down in is roll as an adviser to Sigam Gamma Chi and Lambda Delta Sigma. When I asked his secretary to summarize, she simple said, "He treats people the way the Savior would if He were here."


colleen peters
Portage, MI

Hard to find room for another comment but I extend condolences to his family and mourn for the loss, to us, of another of the "good guys". I went to West w/Duf Hanks, a great basketball player and one of the leaders, even then, along w/Elaine Anderson (Cannon) whom I admired as they were a year ahead. Often as a reporter for SL Trib/DesNus of the forties and fifties I ran into him doing a "lunch tour" for people at the old Museum on Temple Square. I later became a tour guide for the "new" visitors centers and often thought of him, a quiet guy who treated everyone the same and glowed w/goodness. He will be missed. colleen moore peters

Provo, UT

89 years is a life filled with service, great memories, and wonderful family. God speed, Duff. You have earned your eternal rest.

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